Many people feel like they are stuck in a professional rut, they want to upgrade to a better career and lifestyle but don’t have the credentials or the opportunity to make a major career change. There is an easy answer for most people in this situation – an online college degree.
Unlike “traditional” college degrees, which require daily visits to a college campus and library, an online degree makes a full college education available right at the home of the student. Online colleges rely on printed materials, videos, and audiotapes of lectures, electronic documents and online participation in forums, chat and email exchanges.
What this means for professionals looking for a realistic alternative to their current careers, is the chance to study for a new line of work, or earn a chance at advancement, all in their spare time and without a great deal of disruption to their daily schedules.
Most people should begin with a basic online college search or search. Relying on a standard search engine the prospective student should enter their chosen field of study. For example, “forensic accounting degree online” will yield a hefty number of schools and programs that make this graduate degree available. The student pursuing this field of study would then need to simply review each school for accreditation, cost, policies, requirements and any other data that might affect their decision.
All accredited online colleges are able to make federal financial aid available to their students, and this too should be explored during an online college search. It is important to inquire with an employer if they make some educational funding available to their staff enrolled in college as well.
Another important factor in an online college search is to choose among only those schools that have accreditation. These are colleges and universities that have undergone the same scrutiny and evaluation as a “traditional” campus based colleges. They will be able to offer valid credentials and the work on a transcript from an accredited school will be honored by all other accredited institutions.
The non-accredited schools are, for the most part, “diploma mills” that churn out valueless documents with no academic foundation behind them. Most employers will not assist in paying for or recognize a non-accredited school, and the federal financial aid available to all other college students is not an option for someone in a non-accredited college or university.
By performing a comprehensive online college search or search a prospective student can locate the school, college or university that can provide them with the training and credentials to advance in their current career, or begin a whole new career all together.
In fact, many people find inspiration for a new path or career at their current jobs – for example some people in management transition into marketing or graphic design after working on a company or corporate advertising effort. Some people simply get certification, such as the forensic accountant mentioned earlier, that allows them to specialize in their career of choice.